ASA/USA Softball

Vision and Mental skills coach to work with USA Softball Womens National team

By Steven Embree | May 05, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

CHESTER, N.Y . -- Tony Abbatine, the International Director of Instruction for Frozen Ropes will join the 2014 USA Softball Women's National team as they prepare for their upcoming international competition at the ISF XIV World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands.  With similar positions with Major League Baseball teams, including the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees  and the Colorado Rockies, Abbatine will  provide support in the area of pitch recognition and mental skills training to this year's Women's National team.  Abbatine has worked with several college softball programs most recently, the University of Florida, Hofstra and the University of South Florida.

''What a great opportunity for our National team players to be able to work with one of the best vision coaches in the industry,"  said USA Softball Women's National team head coach Ken Eriksen.  "The ASA/USA Softball National Office is all about giving our players the best opportunity to prepare them for gaining back the gold medal at this year’s World Championships in the Netherlands.”

Working with national teams as they prepare for international play is not new for Abbatine.  He was on the coaching staff for the 2005 German National Baseball team at the European Championships in Amsterdam and also trained the 2006 French National Baseball Team. His work in the area of mental skills and pitch recognition has been featured in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Newsweek.

"Having an opportunity to work with the USA Softball National team and provide support to Coach Eriksen and the rest of his staff with cutting edge training will be a real challenge," said Abbatine.  "At the elite level, the difference, many times in performance outcome is more about emotional and visual control than it is about mechanics and deliveries."

Abbatine will join the Women's National team pool of players in Lynchburg, Va. on June 8  as they prepare for a summer full of events.  To read more about the 2014 schedule for USA Softball and the athletes invited to attend the selection camp and tour - click here.  

About ASA
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

About USA Softball 
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.  

About Frozen Ropes

With facilities  throughout the US and training events in Europe and the Middle East, Frozen Ropes provides softball and baseball support  to amateur and  professional players and teams.

In addition to the teaching the fundamental skills at every position, Frozen Ropes  training and success stories  in the area of  Mental  skills and Pitch recognition is considered the best in the Industry.

Frozen Ropes has presented several times at the NFCA convention and the ABCA ( Baseball) Convention over the last few years. For more information visit: http://www.frozenropes.com

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